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Archives: Mar.09

Living Thing

Living Thing

Peter, Bjorn and John

31.Mar.09

Living Thing is about as far away from a lazy retread as any follow-up to a megahit record could be. Unfortunately, it’s so far out there that it doesn’t come close to engendering the kind of charm that made PB+J such a refreshing and enjoyable listen a couple of years back.

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The Hazards of Love

The Hazards of Love

The Decemberists

27.Mar.09

The Hazards of Love is a 58-minute, literary waltz through alt-country, folk, prog and metal that should be accessible to just about everyone, despite a complete lack of standout singles.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage

Rock Star Treatment

24.Mar.09

The RAA are poised to explode in 2009.

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Felix Jackson, Jr.

Felix Jackson, Jr.

Featured Artist

24.Mar.09

Artist and screen printer Felix Jackson Jr. sits down with Marc Hobelman to discuss Bill Cosby, Blaxploitation, Barack Obama, and how each of them has informed his very unique style.

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Pirate Lion

Battle Beast of the Week

Pirate Lion

24.Mar.09

Our Battle Beast of the Week series begins with the story of Pirate Lion, the most powerful and legendary Battle Beast of them all.

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Preview: Objectified

Designer Film

24.Mar.09

The discerning eye that produced the designer’s documentary of choice, Helvetica, screened his new feature Objectified at SXSW last week. This time around, filmmaker Gary Hustwit has zoomed his lens out to capture designers as a group, or perhaps a separate species.

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Cowboy Bebop Title

Cowboy Bebop

BEST. TITLES. EVER.

24.Mar.09

Cowboy Bebop’s titles are arguably the most perfectly designed series of images and sounds in title sequence history. These 90 seconds don’t set a mood, they set the gold standard for title designers and directors. And they will for many years to come.

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Why There Are Mountains

Cymbals Eat Guitars

24.Mar.09

Cymbals Eat Guitars cut their teeth playing Weezer covers. But the sound of their impressive debut is more akin to that of Modest Mouse, Built To Spill and Pavement. The album is so solid and self-assured, it bears mention in the same breath with Vampire Weekend’s 2008 breakthrough.

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The Watchmen

Watching the Watchmen

Reel Column

24.Mar.09

Watchmen fanboys knew Zack Snyder’s adaptation of everyone’s favorite anti-hero book wasn’t going to be perfect. But while many grumbled about a missing SQUID, it was Dr. Manhattan’s very present member that really made them squeamish. Michael Munro isn’t surprised.

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The Sandman

The Sandman

Casting Call

24.Mar.09

The “unfilmable” Watchmen has been filmed, and treated rather fairly. But there’s an even more ambitious comic book title that we’d love to see on the Silver Screen — Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. And we’ve already got the casting covered.

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